back to article Beijing twirls ban-hammer at 84 more apps it says need to stop slurping excess data

China’s Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission has named 84 apps it says breach local privacy laws and given their developers 15 days to “rectify” their code. The Commission has posted two lists of apps it says need fixing, fast. The first names 36 apps that breach user security by gathering and/or sharing more data than they …

  1. Winkypop Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Because surveillance over reach is bad

    Unless we do it….

    1. HildyJ Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: Because surveillance over reach is bad

      Absolutely. But that's every country's attitude.

      If America regulated unnecessary data collection for everyone but the NSA, I applaud it as a first step.

      1. martyn.hare
        Thumb Up

        I’d applaud it as the only step

        No real need to worry about intelligence agencies if companies did security right. If companies didn’t gather too much data and stored what they did gather in a form intelligible only to the intended end users (end to end encryption) then the rest would take care of itself over time.

        After all, it’s much harder to remotely compromise billions of machines compared with a handful of servers...

  2. DCdave
    Black Helicopters

    Remind you of anyone?

    Google and CCP seem to have the same attitude to data. Has anyone seen them both in the same place at the same time?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Remind you of anyone?

      They have been developing tracing apps and AI together, since 2017. <begin sarcasm> Nothing suspicious about that. Don't be so paranoid <end sarcasm>

    2. A random security guy Bronze badge

      Re: Remind you of anyone?

      I know they are scraping more data than they need to but there is a difference:

      In China you can literally face the firing squad.

      I have yet to see firing squads around Mountain View.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It would be nice if there was a list of these apps in English or at least in a format that can be translated.

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